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The ethics of human life extension: the second argument from evolution

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One argument that is sometimes made against pursuing radical forms of human life extension is that such interventions will make the species less evolvable, which would be morally undesirable. In this paper I discuss the empirical and evaluative claims of this argument. I argue that radical increases in life expectancy could, in principle, reduce the evolutionary potential of human populations through both biological and cultural mechanisms. I further argue that if life extension did reduce th...

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10.1093/jmp/jhv027

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy More from this journal
Volume:
40
Issue:
6
Pages:
696-713
Publication date:
2015-10-09
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EISSN:
1744-5019
ISSN:
0360-5310
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pubs:598263
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uuid:8e582133-eff4-4a09-8d9b-f2617645b717
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pubs:598263
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598263
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2016-01-29

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